Seeds of South Australia
Melaleuca wilsonii (Myrtaceae)
Violet Honey-myrtle
List of species for Melaleuca
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium region:
South Eastern
NRM region:
South East
IBRA regions
Lucindale (NCP03)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Near Threatened   (Probable Decline)   [stronghold; in wet saline soaks; drying a threat; predicted decline]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Melaleuca]
Name derivation:
Melaleuca from the Greek 'melas' meaning black and 'leucon' meaning white; alluding to the contrasting colours of the bark of the first species described, which is said to have had white branches against a black trunk. Wilsonii named after Charles Wilson, possibly a friend of Ferdinand Mueller, who named the species.
Found only in the upper South-east in South Australia, between Coonalpyn and Bordertown, growing on seasonally inundated, poorly draining, sandy or clay soils in mallee or dry woodland communities.  Also found in Victoria.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
Spreading shrub to 1.5 m high and 2.5 m diameter wide, glabrous except for the pubescent young shoots and young fruits. Leaves decussate, linear-lanceolate, to 15 mm long and 2 mm broad, acuminate-acute, obscurely 3-nerved and glandular below, sessile. Inflorescence in lateral clusters of 2-5 pale to deep pink flowers on a very short axis. Flowers in spring.
Fruit type:
Grey-brown, corky capsule to 5 mm long and 5 mm diameter, toothed at the rim by persistent sepals, in clusters on old wood.
Seed type:
Tiny brown rectangular to cylindrical seed to 0.7 mm long and 0.3 mm wide.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect capsules that are large and hard with closed valves.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for at least two weeks or until all the valves are open. Then place all the capsules into a bucket with a lid if possible and shake hard to dislodge the seeds from the capsules. Use a sieve to separate the seeds from the capsules. The fine material will contain the seeds and other flowering material. It is very difficult to separate the seeds from this other material as the size, shape and weight are very similar. However the seeds will be a darker brown. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 85%.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
302700 (26.5 g)
290800 (25.3 g)
South Eastern
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.